BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors

Museum Liaunig

Nuriel Molcho and Francesca Gavin travel out of Vienna to hillside Carinthia, to meet with Peter Liaunig

Museum Liaunig. Photo: Rowben Lantion, BFA
Museum Liaunig. Photo: Rowben Lantion, BFA
Exhibition view “o. T.” (untitled) at the Museum Liaunig, 2020 with works by Tony Cragg, GRAF+ZYX, Edgar Knoop, Eva Schlegel, Jakob Gasteiger, Ferdinand Penker, Dorothee Golz. Photo: Rowben Lantion, BFA
Exhibition view “o. T.” (untitled) at the Museum Liaunig, 2020 with works by Tony Cragg, GRAF+ZYX, Edgar Knoop, Eva Schlegel, Jakob Gasteiger, Ferdinand Penker, Dorothee Golz. Photo: Rowben Lantion, BFA

In our film series format, we see writer and curator Francesca Gavin team up with creative heads and art advocates from various fields. Together they embark on a journey to a selection of some of the dynamic collections featured in the BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors.

For the eighth instalment, we follow a journey starting in Vienna, which continues to the beautiful hillside country of Austria's Carinthia, where above the River Drau, Museum Liaunig resides - both inside and on top of the landscape. This striking architectural construction opened in 2008 and has achieved status as a protected building.

Nuriel Molcho at Museum Liaunig, 2020 with work by Brigitte Kowanz. Photo: Rowben Lantion, BFA
Nuriel Molcho at Museum Liaunig, 2020 with work by Brigitte Kowanz. Photo: Rowben Lantion, BFA
Sculpture park, Museum Liaunig with work by János Megyik, Bilderwerk, 2000 – 2016 © János Megyik. Photo: Rowben Lantion, BFA
Sculpture park, Museum Liaunig with work by János Megyik, Bilderwerk, 2000 – 2016 © János Megyik. Photo: Rowben Lantion, BFA

In this journey, Gavin and family restaurateur Nuriel Molcho discuss the Vienna art scene and visit Museum Liaunig, initiated by Carinthian businessman Herbert Liaunig who started collecting in 1964. Gavin and Molcho meet with Peter Liaunig, son of Herbet, who also collects. Important at Museum Liaunig, is taking caution with environmental impact as well as supporting Austrian artists. This is evident in the main exhibition o. T. (ohne Titel/untitled), curated by Dieter Bogner, which emphasises the themes of geometries, systems and concepts – showing the wide range of artistic positions from Austria over a timespan of seven decades. For an in depth view of this hang, visit this Online Exhibition on Independent Collectors.

View below to join Francesca Gavin and Nuriel Molcho on their exploration through the idyllic Austrian landscape and private tour at Museum Liaunig, featured in the current fifth edition of the BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors.

Writer and curator Francesca Gavin, together with restaurateur and hat maker Nuriel Molcho, visit the spectacle of Museum Liaunig in Neuhaus, Austria.

Works by the following artists can be seen in the film (in order of their first appearance):

Roland Goeschl, Heinz Gappmayr, Oswald Stimm, Johann Fruhmann, Josef Mikl, Friedrich Cerha, Gerhardt Moswitzer, Erwin Thorn, Esther Stocker, Robert Schad, Josef Pillhofer, Bruno Gironcoli, Martha Jungwirth, Eva Schlegel, Edgar Knoop, Jakob Gasteiger, Brigitte Kowanz, Hans Florey, Franz Pichler, Hellmut Bruch, Gerhard Frömel, Hans Grosch, Peter Sandbichler, János Megyik, Josef Bauer, Peter Kogler, Willi Kopf, Dóra Maurer, Gerwald Rockenschaub, Josef Dabernig, Michael Kienzer, Günther Selichar, Markus Wilfling, Richard Kriesche, Hermann Painitz, Fritz Wotruba, Karl Hikade, Waltraut Cooper, Tony Cragg, GRAF+ZYX, Dorothee Golz, Florentina Pakosta, Ferdinand Penker, H+H Joos, Rudi Stanzel, Thomas Kaminsky, Hubert Pfaffenbichler, Thomas Stimm, Osamu Nakajima, Herbert Albrecht, Peter Dörflinger, Gunter Damisch, Andreas Urteil, Manfred Wakolbinger, Heribert Nothnagel and Franz Xaver Ölzant.

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Collections (109)

The Perimeter

Famous contemporaries and Victorian industrial architecture in Bloomsbury

Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens

Re-opened and in the middle of Flanders, international art stars show in quick succession

West Collection

Key names in international art meet new voices

Rubell Museum

Curator Joey Lico teams up with artist Alexis Diaz to visit the mighty Rubell Museum in Miami

Vorres Museum

3 000 years of Greek history and postwar Greek art

Alexander Ramselaar Collection

A townhouse of young talent from Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and around the world

Quetzal Art Centre

Contemporary art on a winery in the picturesque Alentejo region

Sammlung Wemhöner

A spontaneous exhibition set up in the now empty ballroom, before opening in 2023 as the collection's new home

Frissiras Museum

3 500 contemporary figurative paintings

Arario Museum in Space

Wide-ranging collection of Korean and Western art by the country’s leading collector and gallerist

Fondazione Brodbeck

Contemporary art in a post-industrial complex—in the shadow of a volcano

Peyrassol—Parc de Sculptures

A sculpture park on a centuries-old vineyard in Provence

Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung

A location for contemporary glass and photography

Colección de Arte Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat

Argentina's wealthiest woman presents six centuries of art-treasure collecting

Rossini Art Site (RAS)

Large-scale sculpture in a landscape park

Castello di Ama per l’Arte Contemporanea

Site-specific installations for a dual passion: art and wine

Kasteel Wijlre Estate

Art from the 1960s to the present in a modern pavilion

Fundació Vila Casas

Three buildings, three points of focus: painting, sculpture and photography

Gibbs Farm

A sculpture park in XXL format with monumental art in the grandness of nature

Kloster Schoenthal

Nature-inspired sculptures in a pristine landscape

Pinchuk Art Centre

Blue-chip contemporary in the first private museum in the former USSR

Museo James Turrell — The Hess Art Collection, Colomé

Turrell’s largest Skyspace and additional light rooms in breathtaking surroundings


An extensive private collection of Swiss contemporary art of the last fifty years

Mathaf—Arab Museum of Modern Art

A Royal Collection Spanning 200 Years of Arab Art – Doha, Qatar


DJ Cassy and Francesca Gavin meet with collectors Venke and Rolf A. Hoff in Henningsvær, Norway

Stella Art Foundation

An exhibition space for contemporary Russian art

Sara Piccinini

Senior Coordinator, Collezione Maramotti - Reggio Emilia, Italy

Reflection and Speculation

Sammlung von Kelterborn – Frankfurt, Germany

Deichtorhallen Hamburg – Sammlung Falckenberg

Positions of social criticism in German and American contemporary art – Hamburg, Germany

The Walther Collection

Inside and Outside the Frame – Neu Ulm, Germany

Peter Ibsen Collection

Minimalist Works That Hone Your Sense for Detail – Copenhagen, Denmark

Initiating Dialogues

Sammlung Hoffmann – Berlin, Germany

The Mallin Collection & Buckhorn Sculpture Park

Andrea Denver and Francesca Gavin meet with collectors Sherry and Joel Mallin in Upstate New York

The Agah Uğur Collection

One of the Largest Video Art Collections in Istanbul, Turkey

KA Modern and Contemporary Art Space

900 Square Meters Dedicated to Lebanon’s Most Significant Artists – Beirut, Lebanon

Art About Beauty and Infirmity

Collezione De Iorio – Trento, Italy

Living Collection

Gary Yeh and Francesca Gavin meet with architect and collector William Lim in Hong Kong

Early Passions

Z Collection – Hong Kong, China

Infinite Interiors

Philara Collection – Dusseldorf, Germany

Papko Art Collection

Works of Turkish Modernism at the legendary Ralli Apartment in Istanbul

Risky Business

Astrup Fearnley Museet – Oslo, Norway

Something Special, Something Sacred

The Goss-Michael Foundation – Dallas, United States of America

JAHM – Justin Art House Museum

Digital and Abstract Art — Melbourne, Australia

A More Democratic Art

MACBA – Museum of Contemporary Art of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Embracing the Accidental

Trajković Collection – Belgrade, Serbia

Galila's P.O.C.

A Collection Made up of Thematic Collections – Brussels, Belgium

Establishing Roots and Creating Links

The Ovidiu Șandor Collection – Timișoara, Romania

Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz

Abstract painting and concept art in Brazil’s interior – São Paulo

Conversation Pieces

KUNSTSAELE Berlin – Berlin, Germany

Magazzino Italian Art

Contemporary Italian Art on the Hudson River – New York

Slow Learning

de la Cruz Collection – Miami, United States of America

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa

A venue for contemporary African art – Cape Town

The Elliott Eyes Collection

Engaging With the Collectors – Sydney

Foundation Francès

A French roadtrip reaching the radical reflections of artist Kader Attia

The Sublime Hyacinth Collection

Czech Art Meets Czech Design – Prague, Czech Republic

Marciano Art Foundation

Contemporary art at the Masonic temple – Los Angeles

Time Stamps

Julia Stoschek Collection – Berlin, Germany

Generative Grammars

Servais Family Collection – Brussels, Belgium

Chasing the Future

dslcollection – Paris, France

Charged Atmospheres

Transformer Station – Cleveland, United States of America

Places in, and out of, Time

Adrastus Collection – Arévalo, Spain

Eloquent Silences

The Givon Art Forum – Tel Aviv, Israel

Counting to Ten

Ten Cubed – Melbourne, Australia

Dispersing Narratives

The Wedge Collection – Toronto, Canada

Dialogues in Nature

Chatsworth – Bakewell, Great Britain

Present Pasts

The Feuerle Collection – Berlin, Germany

Space for the Future

The Vanhaerents Art Collection – Brussels, Belgium

Colección Contemporánea

A Global Collection from a Seasoned Art Collector In Mexico City

Adrastus Collection

A Collection That Shows the Diversity of Art in the Age of Globalization – Arevalo, Spain

Masters and Romantics

Collection Lambert – Avignon, France

Fondazione Rolla

A Collection of Modern and Contemporary Photography in Ticino

Finnish Rhapsody

Didrichsen Art Museum – Helsinki, Finland

Cranford Collection

One of Europe’s Most Important Collections with Renowned Contemporaries in Regent’s Park – London

Broad Minded

Artist Tomasz Kobialka on The Broad – Los Angeles, USA

Jean-Paul Najar Foundation

European-American Post-Minimalist Art in a Bauhaus-inspired building – Dubai

Treasure Hunt

The Wanås Foundation/Wanås Konst – Knislinge, Sweden

AMC Collezione Coppola

A Curious Collector Acquiring Art to Broaden his Understanding of the World

A Home for Light and Color

MALBA – Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires

Newport Street Gallery

Damien Hirst’s ‘Murderme’ Collection finds a permanent home – London

Franks Suss Collection

A Duo Investing in Artists and Not Cashing In – Hong Kong, London and Sydney

Mallin Collection & Buckhorn Sculpture Park

A Magic Sculpture Garden in Westchester County – Pound Ridge, New York

Shine On

Wurlitzer – Berlin-Pied-à-Terre Collection – Berlin, Germany

Houghton Hall – King's Lynn

Lavish 18th Century interiors juxtaposed with contemporary outdoor sculpture

Venet Foundation

An Artist’s Take on Collecting in the South of France

G2 Kunsthalle

Large-scale paintings of the New Leipzig School in dialogue

The Immaculate Collection

Igal Ahouvi Art Collection – Tel Aviv, Israel


The best of Chinese contemporary art, available 24/7/365

Thoma Foundation

Two intimate art spaces in Chicago and Santa Fe encourage dialogue between work and viewer

Lyon Housemuseum

Located near Melbourne, Australia, collector Corbett Lyon designed the Housemuseum to share it with the public

Follow The Yellow Brick Road

Inhotim – Instituto de Arte Contemporânea e Jardim Botânico

Portraiture Confronting a Land’s Traumatic Past

The Walther Collection – Project Space New York – New York City

Conceptual Authenticity

Sammlung Barbara und Axel Haubrok - haubrok projects - Berlin, Germany

A Self-taught Collector

Vass Collection - Veszprém, Hungary

Roots in Rotterdam

Concordia Collection - Rotterdam, Netherlands

Louvre goes Lens – and Pinault follows

How France’s most established museum and collector are redeveloping forgotten places

History Reinvented

Insights into the influential collection of Martin Parr

A Collection Which Never Sleeps

David Roberts Art Foundation – Great Britain, London

Get Lucky

David Walsh and his MONA

An Eye into a Secret World

SIP Shpilman Institute for Photography – Tel Aviv, Israel

Gifts for Philadelphia

Private collectors with a generous heart

A New Home for Miami’s Art Scene

On the opening of the Jorge M. Pérez Museum

Prima Materia at Punta Della Dogana

François Pinault Foundation - Venice, Italy

Eric and Jean Cass Collection

A private collection goes public

Bernardo Paz’s Transformative Museum

A closer look at Inhotim in Brazil

The Open Road to Jupiter

Robert & Nicky Wilson - Jupiter Artland

Collecting with an Impact

Dakis Joannou - Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art

Menil Collection Makeover

Starting with the parking lot

White Rabbit Collection

Chinese Contemporary Art – Australia, Sydney